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Zimmer on 'Good Morning Football': 'Kirk's Our Guy'

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer felt good about Minnesota's offense throughout the 2020 season, and that sentiment hasn't changed.

Zimmer and running back Dalvin Cook virtually joined Good Morning Football Friday morning to discuss a number of topics, including the Vikings 2020 campaign.

GMFB co-host Peter Schrager asked Zimmer about the "quarterback carousel" in the NFL and about the Vikings offense heading into next season.

"As far as the quarterback position, Kirk's our guy," Zimmer responded. "He had a terrific year – we were fourth in the league on offense.

"We have to get better on defense – we had a lot of injuries and young guys, but that's my job to get that fixed," he added.

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It's clear that Cook shares the same motivation to turn the page and improve in 2021.

Former NFL fullback Michael Robinson asked Cook about his hurry to get back in the gym and back to training before this year's Super Bowl is even in the rear-view mirror.

"Because we're not playing. We're not in the game," Cook told Robinson matter-of-factly. "There's still a lot out there to be proved, and we've got a good team coming back. I just want to be one of those guys that separates myself and helps this team get to where we need to be next year."

Cook's response prompted a signature grin from Zimmer, who's spoken highly time and time again of the two-time Pro Bowler and team captain.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancelation of a physical Pro Bowl this year, the NFL got creative throughout the week leading up to the all-star game. A number of virtual events were held in place of in-person interactions, including the NFL Pro Bowl: Madden 21 Edition in which Cook "scored" two touchdowns to help the NFC squad to an easy victory.

"That angle route needs to be put into the Vikings playbook," quipped GMFB co-host Kay Adams following a highlight from the Madden matchup. "That was incredible. I love it."

Cook answered with a laugh: "It's there."

Asked about watching himself get (virtually) in the end zone twice during the unique event, Cook said it was fun to watch NFL Legends and celebrities alike have a good time working the controls.

"Seeing Marshawn [Lynch] down there, I see D-Henry (Derrick Henry) on there, those guys just having fun with me in the game, that's always a blessing," Cook said. "Just to see me in [Madden] is always a blessing. You know, it's fun."